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Restaurant Team Leader - Bruton, Somerset

The Newt in Somerset
Bruton, Somerset
£28,000 per annum
Closing date
27 May 2024

Job Details

Restaurant Team Leader - Bruton, Somerset

The Farmyard Restaurant

£28,000 per annum plus tronc and fantastic benefits

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Our Team Leader

The Restaurant Team Leader will ensure smooth and efficient running of the Farmyard. You will be confident, self-motivated, lead from the front and be passionate about hospitality. Prime focus will be on the guest experience throughout The Farmyard and how you and your team deliver and uphold exceptional service levels. You will be responsible for 8 FOH staff who all share the responsibilities of the department in its entirety. The position of Restaurant Team Leader is more diverse than a usual restaurant role, flexibility, 'can-do' attitude and the ability to think on your feet are key for success. Hosting F&B services will be a primary focus, whilst monitoring the Garner Bar and offering support for the hotel and spa. The role requires care and ownership of the whole department. Creating and ensuring close working relationships with our Head Chef and Hotel Duty Managers are key, department fluidity is essential for the style of this unique business.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure the Farmyard runs in the most productive and efficient way through management of costs, staffing controls, understanding sales and forecasting.
  • Build knowledge on liaising departments to enhance your own ability to become more flexible within The Farmyard, enabling you to offer support to other teams when required.
  • Ensure the guest has the best possible experience, monitoring and managing guest expectations and make improvements where necessary.
  • Responsible for staff training, development and retention. Team productivity, performance and presentation are key. (motivation)
  • Create systems to manage your team and overall presentation of your department to ensure high standards are upheld.
  • Farmyard F&B offering is to move with the seasons and are estate lead - liaise with kitchen and garden teams on a regular basis to ensure the best offering is always provided.
  • Maintain company representation, ensuring you and your team always look impeccable.
  • Ensure The Newt's style of service and ethos is always upheld.

What we can offer

  • A positive workplace environment with opportunities to develop both personally and professionally.
  • Stay in shape with our complimentary use of our gym and wellbeing classes
  • Look after your wellbeing with complimentary access to our Spa and swimming pools and our exclusive benefit of 50% of Spa Treatments.
  • Enjoy shopping in both our shops on estate and online with 30% discount for all our colleagues and free delivery for any online purchases.
  • Discover exclusive perks with our Discounted hotel stays for staff, accompanied by a fantastic 30% discount at our restaurants.
  • The opportunity to ensure your views are heard and shape the future of the business via our Employee Engine Room.
  • Complimentary garden membership for the Newt and our partner gardens including the Eden Project, Kew Gardens and The Lost Gardens of Heligan
  • Complimentary meal whilst on shift, created using fresh produce from our estate by our dedicated staff food chefs
  • We value your hard work and recognise your achievements through our colleague recognition programme "Newt Awards" with the opportunity to achieve a variety of amazing rewards including a complimentary Hotel Stay.
  • Support from our Employee Assistance Programme for both yourself and your family
  • A team that knows how to have fun with regular team engagement activities including monthly Gather and Grow Motivational Speakers and our regular fun squad events, which include activities such as Go-Karting and Wine Tasting, to name but a few.
  • Up to 30 days annual leave each year for our full-time team

What we're looking for


  • Previous experience in a luxury restaurant or hotel at management level for one year is required
  • Confident yet approachable with outstanding leadership skills
  • Great time management, self-motivating and driven
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Microsoft Office and good tech skills
  • Previous experience in Micros and Opera is desirable but not essential.
  • Willingness to develop, grown and keep up with the demands of our developing business
  • Passion for food, beverage and luxury hospitality

Where you'll be working - The Farmyard Kitchen

The Farmyard, a reimagined dairy nestled in the rolling Somerset hillside, our newest hotel project which houses 17 beautiful guest rooms within a newly renovated farmhouse with outbuildings. The Farmyard boasts a swimming pool, games room, honesty bar and 40-cover restaurant. Open breakfast through to dinner and using the finest produce from the estate, we cook in a wood fired oven and our chefs serve straight to the table. Seasonally lead, hearty yet humble sharing dishes with carafes of wine served in a beautiful stone barn, with relaxed yet high-end service and open kitchen.


Who are we - The Newt in Somerset

Nestled within an expanse of rolling fields and steeped in ancient history, our luxury country estate stands as a haven of refined elegance, inviting guests to explore acres of captivating gardens, meandering pathways, and enriching exhibitions - accessible 364 days a year for our members. Our hotel extends a warm welcome, offering a home-away-from-home experience where impeccable service flourishes in an ambiance of unassuming sophistication. Beyond the estate, the Newt's essence remains tangible, with our Ecommerce teams delivering our finest products to homes, while media and membership endeavours keep them informed of our latest developments. Behind the scenes, a tapestry of talented teams - from Housekeeping to HR, Finance to Farming - collaborates harmoniously, crafting an unforgettable journey of growth, development, and innovation, where every contribution creates unparalleled experiences



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